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Name

 

Astragalus

Biological Name

 

Astragalus membranaceus

Family: Leguminosae

Other Names:

 

Huang qi, Astragalus

Parts Used

 

Root

Active Compounds

 

Astragalus contains numerous components, including flavonoids, polysaccharides, triterpene glycosides (e.g., astragalosides I-VII), amino acids, and trace minerals. Astragalus appears to restore T-cell (a specific type of white blood cell) counts to relatively normal ranges in some cancer patients.

History

 

Shen Nong, the founder of Chinese herbal medicine, classified astragalus as a superior herb in his classical treatise Shen Nong Pen Tsao Ching (circa A.D. 100). The Chinese name huang qi translates as "yellow leader," referring to the yellow color of the root and its status as one of the most important tonic herbs. Traditional Chinese medicine utilized this herb for night sweats, and diarrhea.

Remedies For

 

Immune tonic, diuretic, lowers blood pressure

Astragalus is useful for the treatment of:

Alzheimer's disease
Chemotherapy support
Common cold/sore throat
Immune function

Astragalus is the primary herb used in Chinese medicine to tone the immune system of the lungs. It is useful for conditions of immune deficiency that lead to spontaneous sweating. It is also used for symptoms of weak, low metabolism; edema; and prolapse of internal organs. It can be used for blood deficiency caused by loss of blood or after childbirth.

Description

 

Astragalus is native to northern China and the elevated regions of the Chinese provinces Yunnan and Sichuan. The portion of the plant used medicinally is the four- to seven-year-old dried root collected in the spring.

While there are over 2,000 types of astragalus world-wide, the Chinese version has been extensively tested, both chemically and pharmacologically.

Dosage

 

Textbooks on Chinese herbs recommend taking 9-15 grams of the crude herb per day in decoction form made by boiling the root in water for a few minutes and then brewing the tea. Supplements typically contain 500 mg of astragalus. Two to three tablets or capsules or 3-5 ml of tincture three times per day are often recommended.

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